Host an iSchool Student

The iSchool at UBC is committed to providing students with a variety of experiential learning experiences while they work on their degrees, all of which contribute to the excellence and professionalism that has become a hallmark of an iSchool graduate.

You can support us by providing students with opportunities in your workplace. Whether you host students for practicum and internship placements, proposing professional experience projects, or offering a paid co-op work placements, your assistance helps our students attain the important practical skills needed to thrive after graduation.

Your organization also benefits from hosting enthused and well-prepared students who are eager to learn, apply their new skills, and share their perspectives and new knowledge. Forging these connections is healthy for your organization and supports a collaborative and innovative professional community.

Our students are well-rounded, with a range of scholastic and non-scholastic achievements, skills and interests. They understand how to organize and present information in print and digital environments and how to assess the information needs of diverse communities and organizations. They are savvy technology users, excellent communicators, researchers, project managers, and independent and critical thinkers. Our programs prepare students for careers in librarianship, archives, information design and architecture, research, and data and information management in a variety of organizations and settings.

To learn more about hosting students, contact the iSchool Educational Services Coordinator.

Students at the iSchool are prepared and eager to work with your organizations!

Apply to host an iSchool student as part of our various experiential learning opportunities:

Our most popular placement, the ARST/LIBR 596: Professional Experience provides students an opportunity to work on a project in the field, under supervision of an experienced librarian, archivist, or records manager, for course credit. Students spend 120 hours on the project, equivalent to the time they are expected to spend on a regular course. The project is typically carried out over a 12-week term, but it can be condensed into a shorter or longer time frame if that is agreeable to both the student and the supervisor.

Supervisors are asked to submit a final report and complete a check-in with the school mid-way through the placement.

Submit a project today!

Professional Experience Proposal

This form is for organizations wishing to host an iSchool / SLAIS student for a placement.
    Please select whether the Professional Experience will apply to LIBR or ARST coursework, or both.
  • Professional Experience Project Proposal Form

    This form is for organizations who wish to submit a proposal for a Professional Experience project. Professional Experience is a work placement 3-credit course. It is project-oriented and intended to give the student focused and in-depth experience in one area of professional practice under the supervision of an experienced librarian or archivist, as well as some experience in project management. Students commit to 120 hours of work. To propose a project, please fill out and e-mail this form to the Educational Services Coordinator at
  • See full list of courses at

The ARST 595: Internship is a three-month long placement in which students in the Master of Archival Studies or Dual MAS/MLIS programs work full-time in a recognized archival repository under the supervision of a senior archivist. Students will gain experience working with basic archival functions.

Because this course is for credit, the supervising archivist at the host organization is asked to provide a workplan in advance of the student’s arrival, ensuring the breadth of activities required for a placement are planned for over the 12 weeks. Potential supervisors may review the Internship Guidelines for placement host organizations which outlines what is expected of the hosts, and what you can expect of students.

To express interest in hosting a student for an Internship, contact the school at or complete the form below.

  • Please note students must be supervised by a credentialed archivist for the ARST 595 Internship course.

The LIBR 595: Practicum is a two-week placement that occurs three times  per year: December, April and August.

The purpose of the practicum is to give students an opportunity to apply and observe the theory they have absorbed in real library or informational setting. By the end of the practicum the student will have a better understanding of how an information-based organization functions.

Ideally students will gain an overview of the library and an appreciation of its purpose, organization and challenges. We recommend that the student be made familiar with the library as a whole, as well as any division or branch in which they are placed, and be included as observers in staff meetings whenever possible.

To express interest in hosting a Practicum student, contact the school at or complete the form below.

The iSchool’s Co-operative Education Program allows students from the MAS, MLIS, or Dual MAS/MLIS programs to attain paid workplace experience that provides real work practice specific to the information professions to enhance classroom learning. The University and employers co-operate to provide students with an opportunity to learn in a workplace setting by alternating practical, paid work experience in various fields of interest with their academic studies.

Co-op placements typically consist of 4-month work terms.

To learn how to hire a co-op student, visit the UBC Arts Co-op website.

If your project or work opportunity does not fit with any of the above options, we would be happy to post your placement to our students as contract work or as a volunteer opportunity. Placement ads can be sent to

We are grateful to the dozens of organizations, both local and from around the world, who have accepted students for experiential learning placements in recent years:

  • Algonquin College Library, Ottawa
  • Ambrose Archives, Calgary
  • Anglican Archives, Vancouver
  • Artefactual Systems, New Westminster
  • BC Cancer Agency Library, Vancouver
  • BC Children's Hospital, Family Support and Resource Centre, Vancouver
  • BC Hydro, Burnaby
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Burnaby
  • British Columbia Library Association, Vancouver
  • Brooklyn Public Library, NY
  • Burnaby Public Library
  • Calgary Public Library
  • Capilano University, North Vancouver
  • Carleton University Library, Ottawa
  • CBC Broadcast Centre Library + Archives, Toronto
  • City of Burnaby Clerk's Office
  • City of Burnaby Archives
  • City of Richmond Clerk's Office
  • City of Vancouver Archives
  • City of Vancouver Parks Board
  • City of Vancouver Records & Information Management
  • College of Physicians & Surgeons of British Columbia
  • Coquitlam Public Library
  • Courthouse Libraries BC, Vancouver
  • Creative Minds Early Learning Society, Vancouver
  • Crofton House School Archives, Vancouver
  • Dawson City Community Library, Yukon
  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Sidney, BC
  • Douglas College, New Westminster
  • Edmonton Public Library
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design Library, Vancouver
  • Farris, Vaughan, Willis & Murphy LLP, Vancouver
  • Fraser Health Authority Clinical Policy Office, Surrey
  • Fraser Valley Regional Library
  • Harwood Information Associates, Vancouver
  • Hauptstaatarchiv Munich, Germany
  • Indiana University, Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Bloomington. IN
  • Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library
  • Italian Cultural Centre, Vancouver
  • Jerry Bruckheimer Films Archive, Santa Monica CA
  • Klohn Crippen Berger
  • Langara College Library
  • Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver
  • Librarians Without Borders
  • Library & Archives Canada - Digital Resources, Ottawa
  • Los Angeles Public Library, California
  • Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, ID
  • Martin County Library, Fairmont, MN
  • McMillan LLP, Vancouver
  • Meridian Library District, Idaho
  • Minnesota Digital Library, Minneapolis
  • Mountain View Public Library, Mountain View, CA
  • Musqueam First Nation, Vancouver
  • Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic, CT
  • National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health, Vancouver
  • National Library of Ireland, Dublin
  • National Portrait Gallery, London, England
  • New Westminster Public Library
  • Newport Public LIbrary, Newport, OR
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Burnaby
  • Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby
  • North Shore Women's Centre, North Vancouver
  • North Vancouver City Library
  • Okanagan College Library, Kelowna
  • Pacific Newspaper Group Library, Vancouver
  • Pemberton Public Library
  • Philadelphia Free Library, PA
  • Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Pima County Public Library, Tucson, AZ
  • Point Grey Academy Archives
  • Port Moody Public Library
  • Prince George Public Library
  • Public Library InterLINK, Burnaby
  • RCMP, Vancouver
  • Regent College Library, Vancouver
  • Richmond Public Library
  • Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria
  • Scappoose Public Library, Oregon
  • Simon Fraser University Library - Public Knowledge Project, Burnaby
  • Simon Fraser University Library - Special Collections & Rare Books, Burnaby
  • Simon Fraser University Library - Technical Services, Burnaby
  • Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C
  • State Library of Victoria, Australia
  • Surrey Archives
  • Surrey Libraries
  • Tradewind Books, Vancouver
  • Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Vancouver
  • United Church of Canada, Bob Steward Archives, Vancouver
  • University of British Columnia - Beatty Biodiversity Museum
  • University of British Columbia - Centre for the Investigation of Financial Electronic Records (CiFER)
  • University of British Columbia Library -  cIRcle
  • University of British Columbia Library - Art + Architecture + Planning Library
  • University of British Columbia Library - Asian Library
  • University of British Columbia Library- Classical Studies Reading Room
  • University of British Columbia Library - Digital Initiatives
  • University of Brish Columbia Library -  Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Koerner)
  • University of British Columbia Library - Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
  • University of British Columbia Library - Music Library
  • University of British Columbia Library - Rare Books and Special Collections
  • University of British Columbia Library - Records Management
  • University of British Columbia Library - Science and Engineering Library
  • University of British Columbia Library - Xwi7xwa Library
  • University of British Columbia Library - Development Office
  • University of British Columbia - Museum of Anthropology (MOA)
  • University of British Columbia - Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic
  • University of British Columbia - Science Information Centre
  • University of British Columbia - St. John's College
  • University of British Columbia - Strait of Georgia Data Centre
  • University of British Columbia - Student Communications Services
  • University of British Columbia - Women and Children's Health Centre
  • University of Calgary Libraries and Cultural Resources
  • University of Manitoba - Eckhardt Gramatte Music Library, Winnipeg
  • University of Manitoba - Health Sciences Libraries, Winnipeg
  • University of Ottawa - Health Sciences Library
  • University of Prince Edward Island - Robertson Library
  • University of Victoria Archives
  • Vancity Credit Union
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Vancouver Island Regional Library - Nanaimo Branch
  • Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre
  • Vancouver Maritime Museum
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • Vancouver Sun
  • West Vancouver Memorial Library
  • Western Washington University Libraries, Bellingham
  • Whitehorse Public Library, Yukon Territory
  • Windsor House School, North Vancouver
  • York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto
  • YWCA, Vancouver